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T he first element in a Candida treatment plan is a low-sugar diet. This is because sugar is one of the major causes of Candida overgrowth, and the modern Western diet is absolutely full of it. The Candida yeast cells need sugar to build their cell walls, expand their colonies and switch into their more virulent, fungal form.
Organisms like Candida Albicans need organic, carbon-based compounds to provide them with energy. In practice this means sugars like glucose, fructose and sucrose. They use this energy to grow and to build their cell walls, which are comprised 80% of carbohydrates, so sweets, fruits, cereals and grains must be avoided.
However, Candida is a particularly versatile pathogen, and those sugars serve one extra purpose. They enable the Candida yeast cells to switch to their more virulent, fungal form. This form of Candida is faster-growing, and grows long branches that can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome. If you have noticed persistent Candida symptoms, chances are the Candida in your gut has switched to its fungal form.
First is the optional cleansing phase. This is when you eat the strictest diet, combined with lots of water and some detox teas and tinctures, in order to flush out your colon and quickly eliminate as many of those Candida colonies as possible.
During this 2 to 3 weeks stage you should be sticking to a LOW FODMAP DIET . It is quite a restrictive diet but you only need to follow it for a few weeks. You will end the cleanse feeling refreshed, light, healthy and ready to move on to the next stage.
The Anti-Candida Diet
This is the really important part of the diet, and if you skip the cleanse this is where you’ll start. An anti-candida diet is a more balanced diet but it still eliminates fruit, added sugar, most starchy vegetables, caffeine and anything with a high Glycemic Load or a HIGH FODMAP rating. This phase is carefully designed to starve the Candida of food while giving you all the nutrition that you need.
There are also a handful of foods that actually fight Candida such as Pau d’Arco and Cloves. Anti-Candida foods fall into the category of either antifungals or probiotics, and you should integrate them into your diet too. So you’ll be happy to know that foods like yogurt are on the foods to eat list, even though their carbohydrate content might have looked too high.
I have added lists of Foods To Eat and Foods To Avoid to the tab options above.
This stage can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. It really depends on several factors – how strictly you follow the diet, the effectiveness of your probiotics and antifungals, and the severity of your Candida infestation. Below are the powerful Candida Elimination Teas and Supplements we have available:
Once you have beaten your Candida, what’s next? Well, it’s certainly not a great idea to immediately go back to your original diet. After all, that’s the diet that probably caused your Candida overgrowth in the first place.
In this phase you should start to gradually reintroduce certain foods into your diet. Low-sugar fruits like green apples are a great example, and you might also start reintroducing some beans. If all goes well and they don’t cause a flare-up of your Candida symptoms, you can move on to reintroducing more foods.
Will you ever return to your original diet? Probably not. The fact that you have suffered from Candida overgrowth already, might indicate that a regular diet will trigger that Candida again. However, once you’ve got this far I hope that you won’t even want to go back to sugary snacks or junk food. The healthy, energetic feeling that you get from a diet of nutritious whole foods is worth the cost of missing out on a few treats.
How quickly should you reintroduce foods?
You’ve done the hard work of defeating your Candida infestation, so don’t blow it by reintroducing foods too quickly! Start slowly and add back one food at a time. This has the added benefit that you will easily be able to pick out any food allergies as you go. You can start by adding back some fruits, particularly those with lower sugar content like green apples and berries. Fruits that are high in sugar like oranges, grapes and bananas should still be avoided for a while.
Some complex carbohydrates can also be added back into your diet, in small portions. These include sweet potatoes and beans. Although these will be broken down by your body into sugars that can promote Candida growth, they are whole foods that are digested and broken down much more slowly. Small portions of these complex carbs are OK.
How long does it take to get back to a normal diet?
There is no fixed duration for this stage of the program. Some Candida sufferers find that any return to their old diet will quickly result in another infestation, so they stick to a more restricted diet indefinitely. Others find that with time they can reintroduce almost all of their favorite foods, even sugary fruits and alcoholic drinks.
It really depends on who you are and how bad your infestation was, but you should certainly be prepared to make long term changes to your eating habits.
Should you continue with the probiotics and antifungals?
Now that you’ve got this far and you’re starting to return to a more normal diet, you’re probably wondering whether you need to continue taking the probiotics and antifungals. Well, if you’ve beaten your Candida overgrowth you can certainly quit the antifungals tinctures, but I would recommend keeping on a healthy tea such as Pau D’Arco and taking probiotics for a longer period and even introducing Bovine Colostrum capsules or the powder, not only does it minimise bacteria, Colostrum keeps the immune system and the gut healthy too, and the best bit, it is also anti-ageing!
The probiotics have a much great impact on your health than just beating Candida. Firstly, they help support your digestive system. Secondly, they help your immune system work more efficiently. Increasing your fibre intake is one of the best ways to increase your immune system, fibre such as rice bran, chicory, flax and amla are pre-biotics which your own resident bacteria love, so it’s a natural pro-biotic food and will help the liver detox the xenoestrogens from your body and keeping your bowels moving, this is why we made the Fibre Frenzy, so you can add it into your smoothies or sprinkle on top of your meals[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Safe Foods”][vc_column_text]
Safe Foods To Eat
|CATEGORY||FOODS TO EAT||NOTES|
|Eating non-starchy vegetables starves the Candida of the sugar that feeds it. You should buy your vegetables fresh and eat them raw, steamed or grilled.
Avoid starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, all winter squash, beets, peas, parsnips and beans. Olives are OK as long as they are not in distilled white vinegar.
|LIVE YOGURT CULTURES||Probiotic yogurt
|Live yogurt cultures help your gut to repopulate with good bacteria. The live bacteria in the yogurt will crowd out the Candida yeast and restore balance to your system. This is especially useful after a course of antibiotics.|
|MEAT & EGGS||Beef
|Eat only fresh and organic meat – processed meat (like lunch meat, bacon and spam) is loaded with dextrose, nitrates, sulfates and sugars.
Smoked or vacuum packed meats are also best avoided.
|Wild salmon and sardines do contain ocean contaminants, but in much lower amounts than other seafood. Buy these fish fresh or packed in olive oil or water.|
|NUTS AND SEEDS||Almonds
|These nuts are healthy and have a low mold content. If you’re still worried about mold, soak them in a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution for a few hours.
For baking, almond flour and coconut flour are healthy options.
|These grains contain a high amount of fiber, excellent for keeping your digestive system moving and eliminating Candida toxins. Most products derived from this list are also OK – e.g. quinoa crackers, buckwheat flour. You can find these in the gluten-free section in health food stores.|
|HERBS AND SPICES||Basil
|Many herbs and spices have antioxidant and antifungal properties. They can also improve circulation and reduce inflammation. They’re great for livening up food if you’re on a limited Candida diet.|
|OILS||Virgin Coconut Oil
Red Palm Oil
|Use cold pressed oils where possible. Remember that heating or boiling can destroy many of the oil’s nutrients.|
Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic, Raw, Unfiltered)
|Coconut Aminos are a great alternative to soy sauce. And you can use apple cider vinegar to make some delicious salad dressings.|
Chicory root coffee
|These are just a few of the herbal teas that have antifungal properties.
Chicory root is also a great prebiotic (it contains 20% Inulin), so it can help to repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria too.
|Stevia and xylitol can be used in place of sugar and they have a much smaller effect on your blood sugar levels.|
[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Unsafe Foods”][vc_column_text]Some of these foods provide energy directly to the Candida yeast. Others affect the working of your immune system and reduce your body’s ability to fight off infection. If you really want to beat your Candida infestation for good, give yourself the best start possible by avoiding all these foods.
This list provides a good summary of which foods you should avoid during your Candida treatment.
Foods To Avoid
|CATEGORY||FOODS TO AVOID||NOTES|
|Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candida. Stay away from the soft drinks too. Always read food labels to make sure your food doesn’t contain sugar. Be careful – the aspartame in diet cola weakens your immune system can leave you vulnerable to Candida.|
|Drinking large amounts of alcohol can actually lead to a temporary drop in your blood sugar, but moderate amounts tend to increase it. Alcoholic drinks are often full of carbohydrates and associated with high sugar mixers and foods. In the long run, alcohol consumption tends to decrease the effectiveness of insulin, leading to consistently higher blood sugar levels. Alcohol can also increase gut permeability and negatively affect your immune system.|
|GRAINS & GLUTINOUS FOODS||Anything made with wheat, rye, oats or barley, e.g. white bread, rye bread, pasta.
Corn and corn byproducts
|Many Candida sufferers have a high sensitivity to Gluten. Give your immune system a break and stay off gluten during your Candida diet. Corn-by products like popcorn tend to be contaminated with mold.|
|The high sugar content in fruit feeds Candida, even though they are natural sugars. Fruits like melon may also contain mold. A squeeze of lemon is OK.|
|This group of vegetables is very nutrient-dense, however they should be avoided until your Candida overgrowth is fully under control.
They then can be reintroduced in small portions one at a time.
|MEATS||All pork products
Smoked or vacuum-packed meats
|Pork contains retroviruses that survive cooking and may be harmful for those with a weakened digestive system. Processed meats like lunch meat and spam are loaded with dextrose nitrates, sulfates and sugars.|
|FISH||All fish except for wild salmon and sardines
|All shellfish and most fish contain alarming levels of heavy metals and toxins. These will suppress your immune system and leave you vulnerable to Candida. Studies have shown that farmed salmon contain high levels of PCBs, mercury and other carcinogenic agents.|
|Almost all dairy should be avoided except ghee, butter, kefir and probiotic yogurt. Milk contains lactose so it should be avoided. Kefir and yogurt are better because most of the lactose disappears during the fermentation process.|
|ADDITIVES & PRESERVATIVES||Citric Acid
Anything you don’t know or can’t pronounce!
|The manufactured, additive form of citric acid is derived from yeast. However the natural form, as found in lemons and limes, is OK on the diet.
Additives and preservatives can disrupt your friendly bacteria and allow the Candida yeast to flourish.
Black & green tea
Diet & regular soda
|Caffeine can cause your blood sugar to rise, but the main problem is that it weakens the adrenals and can impair your immune system. Coffee also contains mold. Even decaf tea and coffee are to be avoided, as they contain residual levels of caffeine.|
|This group of nuts contains a high amount of mold, which can inflame your Candida problem.|
|BEANS||Beans and other legumes
All soy products
|The combination of being hard to digest and high in carbs rules out beans from the first stages of the diet. They can be reintroduced later on in small portions. Soy products are mostly forbidden, as the majority of soy is genetically modified. If you can find non-GMO tofu, it should be OK to eat.|
|MUSHROOMS / MOLDS||Mushrooms
|Mushrooms don’t “feed” Candida as some websites claim, but eating some fungi can cause an inflammatory reaction if you are already suffering from Candida. On the other hand, some medicinal mushrooms are actually OK on the diet and have strong immune-boosting properties. Good examples are Reishi and Maitake.|
|Ketchup, tomato paste, and spaghetti sauces all contain high amounts of hidden sugars. Condiments generally do tend to be high in sugar, and they can exacerbate your Candida. For an alternative salad dressing, try coconut aminos or a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing.|
|VINEGAR||All vinegars, except for Apple Cider Vinegar||Vinegar is made in a yeast culture, depletes the stomach of acids and can also cause inflammation in your gut. However, one particular vinegar (unfiltered apple cider vinegar) can actually be helpful in combating a Candida overgrowth.|
|FATS AND OILS||Peanut oil
|Peanut, corn and canola oil are contaminated with mold. And most soy beans used in soy oil are GMO.|
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Here is an abbreviated version of a questionnaire, created by Dr. William Crook and designed to test for Candida.
The main difficulty with testing for Candida is that everyone has it! It is not the presence of Candida Albicans that is a problem, rather is is the overgrowth of Candida that gives you all those nasty symptoms. Questionnaires like this give us a valuable insight into whether Candida is becoming a problem.
For dealing with this condition, you can use the Candida control kit below and if you you suspect you might have a leaky gut too, take a look at our Heal Ur Gut treatment plan, the booklet is free.
Beating Candida involves probiotics, natural antifungals and a low sugar diet. Using the right combination of these three elements is the best way to overcome a Candida overgrowth.
Interpreting the Results
A score of 10 or greater indicates that your health problems may be connected to a yeast overgrowth.
A score of 13 or higher suggests that they are almost certainly yeast connected.
A score of 8 or greater indicates that your health problems may be connected to a yeast overgrowth.
A score of 11 or higher suggests that they are almost certainly yeast connected.
|1. Have you taken repeated or prolonged courses of antibacterial drugs?||4||0|
|2. Have you been bothered by recurrent vaginal, prostate or urinary infections?||3||0|
|3. Do you feel “sick all over,” yet the cause hasn’t been found?||2||0|
|4. Are you bothered by hormone disturbances, including PMS, menstrual irregularities, sexual dysfunction, sugar craving, low body temperature or fatigue?||2||0|
|5. Are you unusually sensitive to tobacco smoke, perfumes, colognes and other chemical odors?||2||0|
|6. Are you bothered by memory or concentration problems? Do you sometimes feel “spaced out”?||2||0|
|7. Have you taken prolonged courses of prednisone or other steroids; or have you taken “the pill” for more than 3 years?||2||0|
|8. Do some foods disagree with you or trigger your symptoms?||1||0|
|9. Do you suffer with constipation, diarrhea, bloating or abdominal pain?||1||0|
|10. Does your skin itch, tingle or burn; or is it unusually dry; or are you bothered by rashes?||1||0|
|11. When you wake up, do you have a white coating on your tongue?||1||0|
Diet and common pro-biotics alone are not sufficient to eliminate candida albicans from your system. Probiotics such as lactobacillus acidophilus are not able to re-establish themselves in the presence of candida. Each of the four products in our Candida Control Plan attacks a distinct aspect of your candida infection providing an accelerated path to restored health, it really does work!
Click on each of titles below for our Candida Control Plan details, good luck![/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_column_text]Diet and common pro-biotics alone are not sufficient to eliminate candida albicans from your system candida is hard to kill off . Probiotics are not able to re-establish themselves in the presence of candida they need some help from your diet and some anti fungals. Each of the products in our Candida Control Kit attacks a distinct aspect of your candida infection providing an accelerated path to restored health, it really does work!
However, Candida can become quickly resistant to anti-fungals or antibiotic herbs, so you have to outsmart it to reduce it’s numbers, I say reduce because the aim is not to completely wipe it out because if you go too strong with antibiotics or drinking lots of raw oregano oil, you will harm your friendly commensal bacteria and your immune system will go down the tubes.
People are often prescribed strong anti-fungals (such as diflucan) for several weeks to kill candida. These anti-fungals work, and people feel amazing, but they also wipe out beneficial yeast, which keeps dysbiosis (bad bacteria overgrowth) in check. Then you have other dysbiotic bacterial strains that take hold, or the yeast morphs forms and can return worse than before.
The anti-fungals can also create major die-off symptoms when the yeast is killed, overwhelming your detox pathways and immune system. The key is to “re-educate” the bacteria in the gut by escorting too many bad guys out when they’ve reached capacity rather than coming in with guns blazing and killing everyone off. However if you have a particularly stubborn type of Candida, we have a stronger Candida / Parasite Kit which includes anti-parasitic herbs and Diatomaceous Earth which slices candida albicans and kills it, allowing it to be excreted via stool. It has so many other benefits too. You can use this for the full 8 weeks of the candida control plan.
So, the best advice is to rotate your antibiotic herbs every 4-5 days and hit it hard. It typically takes 2-3 months to kill it off and may take you up to three tries to get it under control. Please watch the below video to get a feel of what this enemy is about and how did this all come about?